February 23, 2015

Water Main Replacement Work to Reduce Traffic Lanes on Western Avenue Between Addison and Roscoe

DWM to Replace Century-Old Water Mains; Part of 90 Miles of Water Main Replacements in 2015

The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) will begin the installation of new water mains on Wednesday, February 25th along Western Avenue, from Addison Street to Roscoe Street.

This construction work is part of a larger DWM project to replace water mains installed more than 100 years ago along Western Avenue. DWM has already replaced more than six blocks of water mains in the multi-phased project, which began in November 2014.

The streets will also be resurfaced at the completion of the project. The larger project limits are: on Western from Jones Street to Addison; on Nelson Street from Western to Oakley Avenue; and on Diversey Avenue from Western to Logan Boulevard.

The work starting on Wednesday will first necessitate the closure of the parking lane and one traffic lane in northbound Western in the two blocks between Addison to Roscoe. Construction will then switch to the southbound lanes, closing a parking lane and travel lane to replace another larger main. The work is expected to take about two months to complete.

Motorists are asked to drive cautiously trough the construction zone, and are encouraged to add a few minutes to the travel schedule around the construction, or take alternative North-South routes to avoid traffic delays.

Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago infrastructure investment program, DWM plans to replace more than 90 miles of water mains and 22 miles of sewer mains in neighborhoods all across Chicago in 2015.

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